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Sandplay Therapy: Why It Works

Using sandplay therapy is a popular choice among counsellors because it allows the client to manipulate the sand, all on their own. There can be characters, and small toys inside or it can just be run through the fingers to help calm the person down. Depending on the style of the counsellor, the manipulations of the characters may tell a story that is quite similar to a dream.

It can help the patient open up about difficult things, which allows more expression. The counsellor can determine the issue more quickly and work with them on how to cope with the problem and keep triggers from returning, as well.

Sandplay therapy can help both adults and children, but most counsellors use it with children. The trays include a variety of animals, homes, people, trees, dinosaurs, vehicles, bridges, and so much more. Each piece is designed to represent something in the real world. When your child plays with a particular piece, it may show the counsellor more about what’s going on. They may ask why they chose that specific piece and why they placed it where they did. Opening up about creative outlets is easier for many, which can help jumpstart the process of talking about the real issues.

From 2 to 3 showcases Ginny, a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. She has devoted her life and practice to helping couples deal with parenting and all that comes with it. She can also help single parents and young children who must deal with complicated issues, such as divorce and the loss of a parent. No matter what is going on with your life, it can affect your family unit and your children. She listens to you during the intake process and may decide that sandplay therapy is right for you or your child.

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